Using Personally-Owned Devices

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Intended Audience and Overview

This article is intended for WSU faculty, staff, and students who need to use a personally-owned device to connect to university network resources while on or off campus. Devices include personally-owned laptop and desktop computers, Internet-capable smartphones such as the Apple iPhone, Android, and Blackberry, and other Internet-capable, devices such as the Apple iTouch or iPad, game consoles, and televisions. This article includes a list of available resources along with access instructions and support information.

Computers and the e-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program

Although all full-time undergraduate students and most faculty members participate in the E-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program (DLLP) and acquire a computer and related services through this program, the use of personally-owned computers is sometimes necessary. Some of the major benefits of the DLLP are that the assigned computer connects to all campus network resources automatically, many supported software titles are pre-installed, any additional campus software titles can be installed as needed, and participants can take full advantage of campus technical support. Those using personally-owned computers will need to configure them manually to access some campus resources and will not be able to install some campus software titles. Preparation time is required and people will need to take these limitations into consideration when planning technology-supported activities.

Available Resources and Services

Resource/Service Available Not Available Notes
Internet Access On-Campus Wired access requires no configuration; wireless access to the warrior network typically requires manual configuration Although wireless access to the WSU Guest network is possible, it should not be necessary for those with a StarID and password You need to have your own internet connection(off-campus).
Email Access Full access via Campus licenses of Outlook or Entourage do not extend to personally-owned computers; they can be purchased from Email access is available via Outlook and Entourage from off campus.
D2L Access Full access via D2L access is available from on or off campus to any internet-connected device that uses a modern web browser.
Network Storage On-Campus Manual access


"Click to Map Drives" script or automated recollection of mapped network drives Network drive access from off campus requires a VPN connection(
Software DIY Install: Cisco Anywhere VPN Client, VMWare Fusion. TSC-Assisted Install: Inspiration, Microsoft Office(you need to sign in using your school email to get full access) SPSS, Adobe Creative Suite 6. Adobe CS5 can be purchased from
WSU Web Apps WSU websites that require username authentication such as . Zoom access is available using personal -owned devices. (Activate your Minnesota State Zoom Pro host account) You do not need to connect to VPN to use these webpages, but it is recommended you close all your web browser windows when you are done. When you click on these sites from your personal computer, you should be prompted to login. Enter your full WSU email address(or sometime starid) and password to authenticate.

Internet Access

On Campus

Plugging into a campus network port with a network cable

No additional configuration should be necessary to connect your device to campus via Ethernet. Some Windows-based devices may prompt you asking if this network is a Public, Home, or Work network when you first connect. To maintain maximum security for your device it is suggested to click the "Public" option if prompted.

Establishing a wireless connection

  • You will need a laptop with wireless capability. Most wireless laptops have a way to enable/disable this feature. Make sure wireless is enabled on your laptop when trying to establish a wireless network connection.
  • WSU maintains two wireless access points called "warrior" and "WSU Guest." If you see other access points listed when you are trying to establish a wireless connection while on campus, these are probably maintained by students and or private residents who live close to campus. Do not connect to these access points, even if they are unsecured.

Off Campus

When you are using your laptop off campus, you will connect to the Internet using a third-party Internet Service Provider (e.g., Charter, HBCI) using either a wired or wireless connection.